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Carved geese
Scene with a dozen carved geese
Tramp art wall pocket with lovebirds
Tramp art wall pocket
with lovebirds, butterfly
Pelican whimsy
Whimsy carved pelican with fish
Plastic bag chicken
Chicken crocheted from plastic bags
Carving
Carving with Eve, serpent, devils, party, eagle
Folky butcher's trade sign
Folky metal trade sign
with rooster, found objects
Metal rooster
Large metal
rooster weathervane
Cast iron snowbird
Two cast iron snow eagles
Concrete bird
Concrete bird
Tramp art lamp
Tramp art lamp with clock, drawer,
carved birds, signed and dated
Goose yard ornament
4 Goose yard ornaments
from Maine
Relief carving of woman and parrot
Relief carving of woman and parrot
Folding metal decoy
Folding metal decoy
Carved eagle
Carved eagle

Relief carving of woman and parrotThis is a very detailed relief carving of a woman with a parrot. It is carved from a single board, with a clear lacquer or varnish surface that has fine crazing. Small touches of paint highlight her eyes and mouth. The size is 18" high by 14" wide by about 7/8" thick. It is not signed or dated, but her dress and hair style appear to be from about the 1920's, and the aging of the wood would be consistent with the first half of the 1900's. It is in excellent condition. The price is $350.00. Inventory Code: CRRS.   Relief carving of woman and parrot ... Closeup ... Side view ... The other side ... From above ... From below ... Back view ... With a soda can for scale.

Goose yard ornamentHere are four Canada goose yard ornaments from Maine. They are plywood cutouts, painted on both sides, with metal stakes to drive into the ground. Two have articulated heads that swivel up or down. The birds themselves range from 11" to 16" in height, and from 25" to 31" long. With the stakes included they are 17" to 23" high. Some of the stakes are a little loose. They are in appropriately used, weathered condition with varying amounts of paint wear and minor loss. The photos should be clear on this, but if you have any questions contact us. They are priced at $80.00 each, with a discount for the group. Inventory Code: TPCP.   Goose yard ornament ... Other side ... With head moved ... Closeup ... Second goose, one side ... Second goose, other side ... Third goose, one side ... Third goose, other side ... Third goose, head moved ... Fourth goose, one side ... Fourth goose, other side ... Fourth goose, Closeup ... All four together.

Cast iron snowbirdHere are two cast iron snow eagles. They came from Pennsylvania and were probably made in the early 1900's. Each of the eagles stand 5" high and has a wingspan of 6 1/4" inches. Their bodies are 1" deep and the base is 2 3/4" deep. They are all in excellent condition, with a nice surface from age and use. These were attached to the edge of a roof to catch snow and ice. They are priced $75.00 each. Inventory Code: ARHT.   One bird ... Both ... 3/4 view ... One side ... The other side ... Back.

Concrete birdThis is an odd folk art concrete bird. It is hand made. The piece is painted black and reddish brown, with yellowish beak and pale blue on the base. There is some paint loss to the head and a little wear to the base, with a very slight surface crack. Otherwise it is in good condition with slight chips. The age is unknown, although it likely was made around the 1970's or 80's, but could be more recent. The base is 9 1/4" by 5", and the overall height is about 10 3/4". The price is $150.00. Inventory Code: CHOO.   Concrete bird ... The other side ... Another angle ... Front view ... Back view ... From above ... From below ... With a soda can for scale.
Some much larger photos:   Concrete bird ... The other side ... Another angle ... Front view ... Back view ... From above ... From below ... With a soda can for scale.

Folding metal decoyA nice metal duck decoy. This piece was made from galvanized metal, with an iron rod for support; and then painted a dark olive green with brown and orange details. One of the wings has an unusual slide that release the wing and allows them to pivot for storage. The decoy way probably made in a local "factory" or shop rather than one-of-a-kind. It is in excellent old condition with appropriate wear and patina from use. The duck is 17 1/2" long, 8" across the wings, and 10" high. With the rod and base it stands 43" high. The price is $150.00. Inventory Code: AOPA.   One side ... The other side ... With base ... Another view ... From below ... Partly folded.

Plastic bag chickenThis is a really fun, three-dimensional chicken crocheted from plastic bags. It shows lots of character and personality. It has button eyes, wings that stick out, and is stuffed with more plastic. It is about 15" long by 7" wide by 8" high, in very good condition with slight fraying on the tail feathers. We also have hats, rugs, and a pillow crocheted from plastic bags here. The price is $225.00. Inventory Code: TKCO.   Plastic bag chicken ... From above ... Front view ... With a soda can for scale.
Some much larger photos:   Plastic bag chicken ... From above ... Front view ... With a soda can for scale.

Carved geeseThis is a wonderful assemblage of a dozen carved geese. Each one is carved in a different position, and they are very lifelike and active with multicolored paint and an excellent surface. One has just taken flight and is mounted on a wire above the others with outspread wings. There are two trees made from branched twigs. They are mounted on a wooden base that is painted deep maroon with sawtoothed black designs. Each piece is mounted with heavy wire that goes through the base. From the first half of the 20th century, it is 17 1/2" by 5 1/4" by about 6 1/4" high. The condition is excellent - one wing tip may be missing, it's hard to tell, and one is cracked and reglued. The price is $895.00. Inventory Code: CWAW.   Assemblage of carved geese ... Another angle ... Third view ... Closeup ... Another closeup ... One side ... The other side ... From above ... Another view from above ... Third from above ... Fourth view from above ... One end ... The other end ... Two views from below ... With a soda can for scale.
Some much larger photos:   Assemblage of carved geese ... Another angle ... Third view ... Closeup ... Another closeup ... One side ... The other side ... From above ... Another view from above ... Third from above ... Fourth view from above ... One end ... The other end ... Two views from below ... With a soda can for scale.

Tramp art wall pocket with lovebirdsThis is a polychrome tramp art wall box with kissing lovebirds at the top. There is also a butterfly decoration on the open pocket above the drawer. It is built from crate wood with a hand carved drawer handle. It is painted dark pumpkin, red and black and accented with dark metal tacks. Probably from the 1920's or 30's, it is in excellent, near mint condition. The size is 17 3/4" high by 13 1/2" side by 4 1/2" deep. The price is $725.00. Inventory Code: CHCK.   Tramp art wall pocket with lovebirds ... Two more angles ... With drawer open ... Side views ... From above and below ... Back ... With a soda can for scale.
Some much larger photos:   Tramp art wall pocket with lovebirds ... Two more angles ... With drawer open ... Side views ... From above and below ... Back ... With a soda can for scale.

CarvingThis is a very strange and interesting relief carving. On the right are Eve, the serpent, and the apple tree. In the center there is a piano and dancers. Devils are torturing a person at the bottom, with other devils and people around the edges. A small figure floats above the scene in the upper left, next to the insriptions "D.S. 1940" and "M.Y." In the lower center is the date 1935 and "K.B." The carved panel was mounted in a mitered wood frame. An eagle was carved on a separate piece of the same wood used for the frame and attached as a crest. There is a clear lacquer or varnish finish. It measures 17 1/2" wide by 12 1/4" high by 5/8" deep. There is an age crack that runs most of the way across and some very slight wear on the edges of the frame, otherwise the condition is very good. The price is $595.00. Inventory Code: CRCC.   Carving ... Side view ... The other side ... From above ... From below ... Back view ... With a soda can for scale.

Tramp art lampThis is a tramp art lamp with a clock and drawer. It is decorated with two carved birds at the top, hex signs, sun and moon designs on the sides, and other chip-carved designs. It was built from crate wood with a dark finish, and is inscribed on the bottom "Paul Venuto 1937 March 24". The clock is labeled "Conqueror", from Waterbury, CT, and does not run. When the drawer is removed you can see part of a crate label "Unity Extra". It is in excellent condition, the light is rewired and works, and the shade has been replaced. The size is 8" wide by 8" deep by 15 3/4" to the top of the wooden portion, or 22 3/4" high including the shade. The price is $795.00. Inventory Code: CHOC.   Tramp art lamp ... Closeup of birds, clock ... Closeup of drawer ... Two more angles ... Without the shade ... Two more angles without the shade ... Side views ... Drawer open ... Inside the drawer compartment ... Back view ... Closeup from back ... Inscription on bottom ... Light on ... With a soda can for scale.
Some much larger photos:   Tramp art lamp ... Closeup of birds, clock ... Closeup of drawer ... Two more angles ... Without the shade ... Two more angles without the shade ... Side views ... Drawer open ... Inside the drawer compartment ... Back view ... Closeup from back ... Inscription on bottom ... Light on ... With a soda can for scale.

Metal roosterThis is a very folky one-of-a-kind rooster weathervane made from galvanized sheet metal. The rooster was hand cut from two pieces and put together. It then was bolted with supports to part of a ventilator from a silo or barn, which had a shaft with a hole put inside so the entire piece could rotate in the wind. The word "Rock" is painted on one side of the tail in subtle, silver-gray paint. This unusual piece came from the Midwest, likely Iowa, and was probably made in the 1940's or 50's. Being metal, there is some little rust, oxidation, and outside wear, but it is in generally very good condition. The body of the rooster is 23" long by 19" high. As mounted, it is 26 1/2" long by 28 1/4" high by 13 1/2" wide. We still have the ventilator, and it can be easily reassembled if you prefer it mounted that way. The price is $475.00. Inventory Code: AKOT.   Metal rooster ... The other side ... Another angle ... Closeup ... Closeup, other side ... Closeup of head ... Closeup of tail, with "Rock" ... Closeup of body ... Closeup of head, other side ... Tail, other side ... Body, other side ... Front and back views ... Closeup from the front ... Closeup of the base ... Mounted on the ventilator ... Front view, on ventilator ... With a soda can for scale.

Carved eagleA bold, angular carved eagle, in a sitting position. It is carved from dark wood and mounted on top of a cork. 4 1/4" high, including the cork, by 1 1/4" wide by 1 3/4" deep, in excellent condition. The price is $85.00. Inventory Code: PCRO. Image

Pelican whimsyThis is an unusual small whimsy carving of a pelican with a fish. The fish is free to turn within the pelican's beak, but can't be removed. The carving is highlighted with pencil markings for eyes and gills. It stands 2 5/8" high by 2 5/8" wide by 2 1/4" deep, with an unfinished, oxidized surface. The condition is excellent. It is from the second half of the 20th c. The price is $95.00. Inventory Code: TTOW.   Pelican whimsy carving ... Front view ... Another angle ... Side view ... The other side ... With a soda can for scale.

Folky butcher's trade signThis is a folky butcher's trade sign. It is hand made from metal tools and found objects, with a sheet metal rooster on top. Ice tongs form part of the frame. It has worn silver paint with areas of surface rust. Red and black decoration was added on one side. From the first half of the 1900's, it measures 30" high by 22" wide by about 5" deep at the tong handles, in very good, weathered condition. The price is $1500.00. Inventory Code: CCRS.   Folky butcher's trade sign ... Closeup ... The other side ... Side views ... From above ... With a soda can for scale.
Some much larger photos:   Folky butcher's trade sign ... Closeup ... The other side ... Side views ... From above ... With a soda can for scale.

 

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